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Northampton Town club historian dies just days after being named supporter of the year

Frank Grande has passed away. Credit: Northampton Town

Tributes are being paid to Northampton Town's club historian Frank Grande who has died just days after he was named the League Two supporter of the year.

Mr Grande contributed to the club's matchday programme for nearly 40 years and wrote many books on the Cobblers.

His dedication to the club was recognised recently with a special accolade from the EFL, and he was due to pick up his award at a ceremony in London on April 7.

However, he died on Thursday having battled against illness in recent months.

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"Although we knew Frank was poorly, this is an incredibly sad day and all of us at the club are devastated," Chairman Kelvin Thomas said.

"Frank will leave a huge hole in the community of this football club. He has been of great assistance to the club over many years, whether it be writing for the club programme, checking records, helping to arrange for former players to attend games or just helping out in any way he could.

“Frank also did something very special for me personally regarding my grandfather's career when we first took over the club, which I have never forgotten.

"He was very much part of the family. He has shared in the highs and the lows, the ups and the downs of the club and he will be sadly missed by us all. We send our best wishes to all of Frank's family and we will support them however we can."